Manager Steve Cotterill insists loan signings have played a vital role in Nottingham Forest's recent revival.

The Reds boss is convinced the addition of the likes of George Elokobi, Danny Higginbotham, Scott Wootton, Greg Cunningham and Adlene Guedioura has been a huge factor in the club's turnaround in form.

Just two defeats in the last 10 matches has lifted Forest out of the Championship relegation zone and Cotterill is convinced the additional strength in depth has been significant.

"At one stage, we could have had Jose Mourinho in charge here and we would have lost matches because we could not put a back four together," said Cotterill. "We can do that now and it has helped us a lot and that has been key to the turnaround.

"The loan players have helped unbelievably because we have defenders on the pitch. We would not have gone on the run that we have if we did not get those loan players in.

"Even now, when not all of the loan players are starting games, what we have is Joel Lynch on his toes, we have Greg Cunningham on his toes, Chris Gunter and Luke Chambers are the same. You need competition in this league and those loan signings have been the key to that."